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Duggar mom records robocall against Ark. non-discrimination ordinance

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Michelle Duggar
Michelle Duggar, matriarch of the Duggar clan in TLC's reality series "19 Kids and Counting," recorded a robocall that is urging Fayetteville, Ark., residents to oppose an LGBT-inclusive anti-discrimination ordinance. The call was placed to area residents Monday urging them to speak out against the ordinance, which is scheduled to be voted on Tuesday evening by city council members...

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Report: Marriage equality would add $182 million, new jobs to Fla. economy

| Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Extending marriage to same-sex couples in Florida would generate an estimated $182.2 million in spending to the state’s economy and could generate as many at 2,600 new jobs over three years, according to a new study. Researchers at the Williams Institute, an independent think tank at UCLA’s School of Law, estimates that — based on 2010 U.S. Census data -- 48,496 ...

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AT&T donates to campaign of Texas AG who opposes marriage equality

| Monday, August 18, 2014
AT&T headquarters in Dallas.
Dallas-based telecommunications giant AT&T has contributed $75,000 to anti-gay Republican Attorney General Greg Abbott’s campaign for governor. Lone Star QA reports that, according to campaign finance reports obtained by the Texas Ethics Commission, AT&T’s Texas political action committee gave $50,000 to Abbott’s campaign in January, and another $25,000 in June...

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Plaintiffs in Va. marriage case ask Supreme Court to reject stay request

| Monday, August 18, 2014
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RICHMOND, Va. -- The clock is ticking on whether the U.S. Supreme Court will delay a ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. Attorneys representing a county clerk in Virginia have asked the nation's highest court to stay the decision by the 4th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals while it's appealed. The plaintiffs and others Monday asked ...

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Couples ask Ark. Supreme Court to deny stay in same-sex marriage case

| Monday, August 18, 2014
Arkansas Supreme Court building in Little Rock.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- Lawyers representing couples who are challenging Arkansas' gay-marriage ban are asking the state Supreme Court to deny the state's request to delay proceedings until the U.S. Supreme Court takes up a similar same-sex marriage case. A judge in Pulaski County threw out the state's ban on gay marriage in May, and more than 500 same-sex couples ...

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Ariz. same-sex couple wants marriage recognized due to terminal illness

| Monday, August 18, 2014
Arizona
PHOENIX -- A same-sex couple from southern Arizona wants a federal judge to immediately order the state to recognize their marriage because one of the men is terminally ill. Lawyers for George Martinez and Fred McQuire of Green Valley say the order is needed so McQuire can be recognized as Martinez's survivor when he dies.

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Judge schedules hearing on Houston LGBT ordinance, no vote in November

| Friday, August 15, 2014
Houston, Texas
HOUSTON -- A judge in Houston has scheduled a hearing for next January in a challenge over the city's LGBT-inclusive equal rights ordinance, squashing opponents' efforts to put the measure on the ballot in November in hopes voters would repeal the law. State District Judge Robert Schaffer on Friday ruled that the ordinance should not be enforced prior to the trial...

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Roberts sets Monday deadline for response in Va. marriage stay request

| Friday, August 15, 2014
U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts
WASHINGTON -- U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts has set deadline of Monday at 5 p.m. EDT for attorneys representing two same-sex couples to respond to a request to stay a federal appeals court ruling striking down Virginia's same-sex marriage ban. Attorneys representing a county clerk in northern Virginia on Thursday asked the U.S. Supreme Court to ...

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S.C. businesses roll out the red carpet for ‘Big Gay’ wedding celebration

| Friday, August 15, 2014
Charleston, S.C.
CHARLESTON, S.C. -- Gay rights advocates hope the buzz surrounding a "Big, Gay 'I Do'" wedding celebration in Charleston will show how much money South Carolina's businesses are losing to the state's ban on same-sex marriage. With federal courts overturning similar bans in other states, advocates in a city that's already one of the nation's top wedding locales decided to...

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Oregon Medicaid to extend coverage to gender dysphoria treatments

| Friday, August 15, 2014
Oregon
PORTLAND, Ore. -- Oregon's Medicaid program will soon pay for gender reassignment surgery, hormone therapy and other treatments for transgender patients, becoming on Thursday the third state besides the District of Columbia to extend coverage to gender dysphoria treatments.

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